Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Course Best 15K Desmond Baglole Scenic Road Run

It was sun and cloud and 23 degrees.

The Desmond Baglole Scenic Road Run in Millvile. The loop course on Millvile road, Old Princetown road and Warburton road.

David Brown won the race and Rebecca Pike for the top female.

I finished in 1:13:42 and came in 19th out of 59 runners. I beat my best race time 21 seconds from last year.

Official Result: 19th out of 59
15K in 1 hour, 13 minutes, 42 seconds

My Nannie came to watch me.

Scenic Road Run 2009
Scenic Road Run 2008
Scenic Road Run 2007

Congratulations to
Steven, Jennifer, Robyn, Jackson & Jonathan

on the birth of Lucas Alexander!

6 days old

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Another PB! The Kent Building Supplies 7K

It was sunny and 18 degrees.

The Kent Building Supplies 7K in Bloomfield. The loop course on Mill River East and highway 2.

Edwin Gillis won the race and Jennifer Pizio-Perry for the top female. I finished in 28:03 and came in 2nd out of 42 runners. I beat 7km PB time 1:40 faster than 2008.

Tomorrow I run the 15km at Desmond Baglole Scenic Road Run.

Official Result: 2nd out of 42
7K in 28 minutes, 3 seconds

Kent Building Supply Run 2009
Kent Building Supply Run 2008
Kent Building Supply Run 2007

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Getting into gear

Getting into gear

Members of the G.E.A.R. (Get Everyone Accessibly Riding) cycling  club, founded by Dave Carragher and his family from Meadow Bank, are  hosting the first Keir Carragher Memorial Red Island Ride Sept. 4-5. Guardian photo by Mary MacKay

Members of the G.E.A.R. (Get Everyone Accessibly Riding) cycling club, founded by Dave Carragher and his family from Meadow Bank, are hosting the first Keir Carragher Memorial Red Island Ride Sept. 4-5.

Published on August 21st, 2010

Mary MacKay
P.E.I.’s Get Everyone Accessibly Riding (G.E.A.R.) cycling club is hosting a 200-km ride across the Island Sept. 4-5 to raise funds to provide people who are visually impaired with the opportunity to cycle for leisure or competition

Dave Carragher of Meadow Bank has a need for self-propelled speed.

When he’s on a bicycle, he loves the rush of the heart-racing zone, especially if he’s in full competition mode.

The fact that he is legally blind is an afterthought, thanks to a buddy riding system that involves a fully sighted volunteer and a tandem bicycle.

“OK, one, two, three,” Carragher’s cycling pilot Harvey Chandler signals and the two take off for a spin in preparation for the upcoming Keir Carragher Memorial Red Island Ride.

This two-day event on Sept 4-5, in which both blind and sighted cyclists are encouraged to participate, is to raise funds for the Get Everyone Accessibility Riding (G.E.A.R.). This cycling club was recently founded by Carragher to help other blind or visually impaired persons have the same tandem riding opportunities that have dramatically changed his life.

As a child, life was humming along pretty well for Carragher until he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at the age of 12. This progressive eye disease damages the retina, decreasing vision over time.

“It wasn’t good,” he remembers of the shocking news.

“(Now) I have a little less than 10 per cent and it’s all peripheral. So I have no central vision left.”

Still, he continued to do the things he enjoyed — hockey, soccer, baseball and football — until his declining vision forced him to stop.

“I was just a normal kid. I rode my bike as much as possible and I rode it right up till I basically couldn’t (at the age of 14). I had too many crashes and I was like, ‘OK, I need to stop doing this before I seriously hurt myself,’” he remembers.

After high school, things pretty much came to a standstill sport-wise until his longtime friend Tyler Reid, who is a triathlete, encouraged him to try the sport, which includes swimming, cycling and running.

“Basically I kept having to say no. I couldn’t train with him because I couldn’t do the bike portion because at that point I still had no idea what a tandem (bike) was,” he remembers.

Then in 2008 Carragher discovered Joe’s Team: The Blind Guys Tri-Team in Toronto, Ont., through the CNIB. This team is made up of athletes living with vision loss and 30 sighted guides who compete together.

Carragher went to a training camp that fall at the CNIB Lake Joseph Centre in Muskoka, Ont., and returned in July 2009 for his first sprint triathlon, which is a 750-metre swim, a 20-km bike ride and a five-kilometre run.

The CNIB matched Dave with volunteer pilot/guide Steve Morrison from Ontario.

“Basically the pilot, or guide in this case (of running and swimming), is with us in all three disciplines of the triathlon,” he says.

“So in the water we’re tethered together with a short bungee cord and depending on what level of vision that you have you can either use another tether (for running) or just run side by side. And for biking we’re on a tandem.”

Carragher’s goal was to finish and he did.

“I was really proud of myself to keep (my training) going throughout the whole winter and stuff like that because prior (to that) I was the biggest starter and not finisher. So I was mostly proud of myself to keep that going and being able to balance it in with the rest of my life,” he says.

“He’s always had to stop doing things since he was a child,” his mother, Cathy Carragher, explains.

“First he stopped playing baseball because he couldn’t see the ball. And then as his vision diminished, with every sport it was ‘I can’t play that anymore because I can’t see well enough to do it.’ So this was the first time he had the opportunity to finish, to actually be able to get to the finish line. So it was pretty amazing.”

Carragher returned to Muskoka in July 2009 for another sprint marathon. He finished in 1:58, shaving five minutes off his previous time.

One week later he was in New York ready to race again; only this time it was a full Olympic triathlon, which is a 1,500 metre, swim, a 40-km bike ride and a 10-km run.

“It’s completely double the distance,” he says.

“But I got the opportunity to go. I didn’t feel very ready for it at all, but I just said like the year before I’m going to finish. And I finished.”

But he and volunteer pilot/guide Joe Loria of New York, with whom he was billeted during his stay there, had their finishing work cut out for them.

“We had some interesting things to overcome in that race. We were swimming tethered together and my tether came off my guide about three-quarters of the way through the swim (in the Hudson River). We were swimming with the aid of an eight-knot current as well so he had to swim pretty hard to catch up with me because I didn’t realize so I just kept swimming as normal,” Carragher smiles.

“There was a steel ramp to get out of the water and one of the (swimmers) behind me thought (my tether) was a towrope to get out. So he was pulling on my tether and basically almost pulled me back into the water.”

To top that off their bike broke down four times.

“Basically we were ready to throw it over the bridge at the end of it. But we just kept going. Our goal was to finish and when we crossed that finish line it felt amazing,” he says.

Two weeks later, Carragher was at the starting point with volunteer Ryan Bradley for a sprint triathlon in Stanhope, P.E.I., where they faced challenges unique to swimming in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

“We were in about four- to five-foot waves. Through the whole 750 metres you just got slammed by a wave every time you went to take a breath,” says Carragher, who added this finish to his growing triathlon list.

There’s an ulterior motive in his list of competitions and their required training — the opportunity to raise awareness for G.E.A.R., which he founded with his family, in conjunction with ParaSport and Recreation P.E.I.

“The best way to promote (the organization) is to actually get out there and ride where people are able to see you,” he says.

G.E.A.R. now has five tandem bicycles for use on the weekly rides. There have also been a number of demos and volunteer pilot training sessions.

“It’s all about practice. The more you do it the better you get at it and the more comfortable you are,” says Kim MacPhail of Charlottetown, who is new to the tandem pilot scene.

The upcoming Keir Carragher Memorial Red Island Ride is to raise funds to purchase more tandem bicycles and to help support people who are visually impaired who are interested in cycling. A portion of funds will also be donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in memory of Carragher’s father who died suddenly last year.

Carragher’s sister Leslie, who also has retinitis pimentos, stopped cycling 10 years ago when her vision became too bad to ride.

However, she’s back at it again, after listening to her brother’s advice.

“It took him a year to convince me to get on a bike,” she laughs. “I have more fear than Dave does, but I’m hooked now. It’s just fun. It’s good exercise and you get to meet people.”

Stella Walsh of Charlottetown agrees. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at a young age, she never had the chance to ride a bicycle. But that didn’t deter her from trying for the first time last year at the age of 53.

“I was pretty nervous when I got on the first time. I held on pretty tight,” she admits, laughing.

Now there’s nothing she enjoys more than a leisurely ride on the tandem.

“It gets you out and you get to ride a bike when you’ve never done it before. It’s pretty incredible.”

For Carragher, the return to cycling and the entrance into the triathlon world has improved his confidence in sport and with the world in general.

“I really find through the sport and through the travelling, my self-confidence has gone up a lot over the past two years. I really feel that it has helped my athletic abilities and my non-athletic abilities grow as well.

“If that can be done for other people through the sport of cycling then that’s great as well. Also, it’s just another fun activity that visually impaired or blind people don’t get to do until someone provides the opportunity. Someone provided that opportunity to me in the fall of 2008 to get back on a bike. I hadn’t been on a bike for about 10 years before that, so I’m just trying to pay it forward and help other people enjoy the sport of cycling . . . .”


• The Keir Carragher Memorial Red Island Ride begins at Mill River on Sept. 4 and ends that day in Cornwall. The ride wraps up in Souris on Sunday, Sept 5.

• This event is open to sighted and non-sighted cyclists. Riders can sign up as individuals or as relay teams. Cyclists can also sign up to be tandem guides.

• Net proceeds will be used to develop the G.E.A.R. program and to help Islanders who are blind or are visually impaired to participate in cycling, both for leisure and competition. A portion of funds will be donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in memory of Keir Carragher.

• The ride is a total of 200 kilometres, with rest stops every 25 km. There’s a banquet Saturday night and a barbecue at the end.

• Participating cyclists are ex-pected to raise at least $50 in addition to the registration fee. They’ll receive a souvenir jersey.

• People are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Applications are available online at

Monday, August 23, 2010

Two first-time winners in 37th annual Harvest Festival 25K Road Race

Two first-time winners

in 37th annual Harvest Festival 25K Road Race

Steven Baglole won his first Harvest Festival 25K Road Race in  Kensington on Saturday morning. His time was one hour 36 minutes 21  seconds (1:36:21). Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer

Steven Baglole won his first Harvest Festival 25K Road Race in Kensington on Saturday morning. His time was one hour 36 minutes 21 seconds (1:36:21).

Published on August 22nd, 2010
Jason Simmonds
KENSINGTON - Steven Baglole and Jennifer Pizio-Perry can now add victories in one of P.E.I.'s most challenging runs to their resum├ęs.

Baglole was the overall winner and Pizio-Perry was the top-placing female in the 37th annual Harvest Festival 25K Road Race on Saturday morning. Baglole's time was one hour 36 minutes 21 seconds (1:36:21) while Pizio-Perry, who was tied for 10th overall, stopped the clock in (1:54:08). The top 50-and-over runner was Francis Fagan of Charlottetown, who had a time of 1:52:26. Fagan, 60, was eighth overall.

"I was really pleased with the race," said Pizio-Perry, who resides in Greenmount. "It was a great turnout, there were all kinds of spectators all along the course, which makes it a lot of fun.

"I'm hoping to come back next year."

Nicknamed the "Killer Course" for its challenging hills, the race started at the Old Church of Scotland in Stanchel on Route 225, and finished in front of Community Gardens.

"It's a tough course," added Baglole, who's originally from Summerside and now resides in Charlottetown. "There are lots of hills and you have to be ready for them, or they'll eat up your legs."

Third attempt

It was Baglole's third time running the Harvest Festival race.

"Last year was not good," he said. "It was very hot and I think I was sixth or seventh.

"The first year I did it my time was a lot better than last year, but I think I was fifth or sixth."

Baglole and second-place finisher Scott Clark, who had a time of 1:37:39, battled for the lead early.

"It's a tough course. There are lots of hills and you have to be ready for them, or they'll eat up your legs." - Overall race winner Steven Baglole

"Then I pulled ahead a little bit, and tried to build a little bit of a gap," said Baglole, 34. "It was a nice day for running. It wasn't too hot, and there was a nice breeze."

Baglole's strategy was simple.

"Just to run by feel, and try to stick with the leaders if I could for as long as I could," he explained. "Then if I felt all right, I'd try to get ahead of them at some point."

First time

For Pizio-Perry, it was her first time running the race.

"I'm pleased with it," said the 33-year-old. "I knew there were a lot of hills.

"I just wanted to take one hill at a time and go from there."

Pizio-Perry said she survived the challenging early stages of the race well.

"Probably with about 7K remaining my legs started tightening up a little bit," she said. "But when you think 7K after what you have finished, it's not too bad."

And by that time Pizio-Perry had opened up some breathing room. The second-place female, last year's winner Rebecca Pike, was almost three minutes off the pace at 1:57:01.

"There were a few ladies with me for the first little while at the beginning of the race," said Pizio-Perry. "I'm not quite sure when I pulled away from then.

"It was during the big-hill section."

Rendez-Vous Rustico Duathlon Results

From the Northern Star, the results from the July 24th, 2010 Rendez-vous Rustico Duathlon:

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

A Personal Best 25K

It was sunny and 20 degrees.

The Harvest Festival Run in Stanchel. The course on Rte 225, Kinkora, Freetown and Kensington.

Steven Baglole won the race and Jennifer Pizio-Perry for the top female.

I finished in 1:57:47 and came in 15th out of 70 runners.
I beat 25km PB time 3:33 faster than in 2008.

Official result: 15th out of 70
25K in 1 hour, 57 minutes, 47 seconds

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Kensington Harvest Fest 2009
Kensington Harvest Fest 2008
Kensington Harvest Fest 2007
Kensington Harvest Fest 2006
Kensington Harvest Fest 2005
Kensington Harvest Fest 2004

Photos from the Kensington Harvest Festival 25K (2004-2010)

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Gold Cup Trot - A Top 10, Sub 20 minute 5K

It was sun and cloud and 20 degrees. The Gold Cup Trot at Victoria Park. The loop course on Victoria Park, Gold Cup Parade route and Old Charlottetown.

Connor McGuire won the race and broke the course record by 2 seconds. Grace Annear for the top female.

I finished in 19:29 and came in 9th out of 160 runners.

Tied my 3rd best 5km time along with Banks Financial (19:29 2008), UPEI Homecoming (19:12 2009) and Deltaware (19:07 2008).

Tomorrow I run the Kensington Harvest Festival Run 25km from Stanchel to Kensington start time at 8:30am.

Official Result: 9th out of 160
5K in 19 minutes, 29 seconds

My boss from The Great Canadian Soap Company Em Zember was in the race today.
Her husband David and children Chris and Julia watched the race and the parade.

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Source for Sports 10K

It was sunny and 19 degrees.

The Source for Sports 10km run at Summerside School. The loop course on Old Summerside, MacEwen Rd and Central Street.

Connor McGuire won the race and Jennifer Pizio-Perry for the top female.

I finished in 42:57 and came in 12th out of 85 runners.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

No rest for Dalton

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

You forget about the pain

You forget about the pain

Published on August 10th, 2010
Eric McCarthy

ST. EDWARD - A baggie of ice under his cap helped keep Paul Dalton cool while running the

Dalton competed in his first-ever Ultraman, a gruelling three-day race in Penticton, B.C., from July 31 to Aug. 2.

"To know that you've accomplished something that most people can't comprehend - the distance - that's something in itself," Dalton reflected.

One of 39 starters from around the world, Dalton finished 29th overall in a time of 33 hours 17 minutes 15 seconds (33:17:15).

There were challenging sections in every leg of the race. Dalton was one of five swimmers who got caught up in strong current during the swim.

The first leg of the bike ride was windy enough that it was difficult to get the speed up, even during downhill sections of the ride, Dalton said.

The second-day bike ride was expected to be difficult, and it was.

"It was a long day," he said. "A lot of climbing and descents."

It took 45 minutes to climb one of the hills.

"There's a section that's called 'the wall,'" said Dalton. "It's named that for a reason. It's very, very steep."

He was in lowest gear and standing on the pedals just to keep moving forward. "You just push hard to get to the top," he said.

Crossing the finish line at the end of two marathons "felt great," acknowledged Dalton. "You forget all about the pain."

"To know that you've accomplished something that most people can't comprehend - the distance - that's something in itself." - Paul Dalton

Dalton's support crew, Ellis and Susan Andrews, ran sections of the double marathon with him, offering him encouragement.

"They were phenomenal," Dalton said. "They knew their job and they did it really well."

Dalton credits them with helping him complete the race. They kept plying him with nourishments at just the right times throughout the race. Susan occasionally poured ice water over him to keep him cool in the 30-degree heat.

Dalton said he appreciated the knowledge and experience the veterans brought to his race. Ellis Andrews is the defending world champion in the 60-to-69 age category, and Susan has now been part of seven support crews.

He said he plans to take the Andrews up on their offer to be his support crew in Hawaii.

"They were there for me," he noted.

Dalton said he enjoyed the supportive atmosphere of participants and their teams. The awards dinner was also special.

"It's quite emotional," he said. "There's a lot of waterworks."

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Islanders on the Run - The Marathon By The Sea

Full Marathon
7(Place) - Emmanuel Costain - 3:21:57
8(Place) - Francis Fagan - 3:24:24*
23(Place) - Bev Walsh - 3:51:25*
25(Place) - Franklin MacDonald - 3:53:15
31(Place) - Dianne Watts-Pye - 4:00:39*

Half Marathon
95(Place) - Maureen Leard - 1:50:42
131(Place) - Mike Murrins - 1:56:38
185(Place) - Donnie Walsh - 2:04:39
204(Place) - Cynthia Bell - 2:06:55
210(Place) - Catherine Vaniderstine - 2:09:31

Congrats All!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Mt. Edward Grocery Memorial 5 Mile Run and a couple of Run4Wishes miles

It was sunny and 15 degrees.

The Mt. Edward Grocery Memorial 5 Mile Run in Sherwood. The 2.5km loop course on Mt. Edward Rd. and Maple Ave.

Troy Cox from Ontario won the race and Rebecca Pike for the top female.

I finished in 35:38 and came in 11th out of 58 runners.

Official Result: 11th out of 58
5 Miles in 35 minutes, 38 seconds

2009 Mt. Edward Grocery Run
2008 Mt. Edward Grocery Run
2007 Mt. Edward Grocery Run
2006 Mt. Edward Grocery Run

2005 Mt. Edward Grocery Run
2004 Mt. Edward Grocery Run

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Afternoon I ran the 3km with my mom on bike with The Run4Wishes crew
from Cymbria to Oyster Bed Bridge. They are going all way to Charlottetown.

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Friday, August 6, 2010

More glory awaits P.E.I. sprinter

More glory awaits P.E.I. sprinter

Charles Reid

Diamond League and Commonwealth Games

are up next for Connaughton

The life of a professional sprinter is a gilded one. Just ask Jared Connaughton.

There is glory, such as his gold medal in 200 metres and silver in 100 metres men’s sprint at the recent 2010 Canadian track and field championships in Toronto (he's won the 200-metre national title twice in three years).

And then there’s money. He’s earned cash at meets for running well in the thousands of dollars.

There are not so glorious times, however

“There were some meets where I made $150 bucks,” Connaughton told The Guardian in Charlottetown.

But more glory awaits for the Beijing Olympian, perhaps.

The New Haven native was selected for Canada’s squad at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India in October, where he’s slated to run the 200 metres and the 4x100-metre men’s relay.

He’s on the Island for several days resting and relaxing before his job starts again.

Connaughton joins national 200-metre runner-up Brian Barnett and other members of the Canadian 4x100 metre men’s relay team in Germany for a training camp.

The team will race in an IAAF Diamond League meet in Zurich, Switzerland, on Aug. 19.

Connaughton owns the fastest 200-metre time in Canada this year (20:61) and came near equaling that in Toronto, finishing in 20:66 and beating Barnett (21:02), who won the 200 metres last year, by just over 3/10ths of a second.

And although Connaughton (10:28) came second in the 100-metre final to Sam Effah (10:21), he’s pleased with the medal haul and his performance, which included setting a new event mark in the 200 metres.

Barnett held the old record of 20:71.

“I set the (Varsity) Stadium record in the 200. To come out on top in the 200 was absolutely my objective going in,” said Connaughton. “Obviously, silver isn’t something to be ashamed about. I feel good about this one.”

So far this season, Connaughton, 25, has picked up three wins in 200 metres and pair of wins in 100 metres, three second-place finishes in 200 metres and a third in the 200 — many of those results in a recent swing through Finland, Ireland, Crete and Belgium.

His was one of two podium performances for P.E.I. in Toronto.

Souris triple jumper Kurt McCormack won a silver medal with a jump of 14.72 metres.

Jacob Zorzella of Toronto won the triple jump gold (15.47 metres), his second straight national title, while David St. Bernard of Scarborough, Ont., took bronze (14.71 metres).

In Europe, often autograph seekers and statistics junkies wait outside hotel rooms for their favourite runners.

It’s much different in North America, where most track athletes go unnoticed.


Connaughton to put on clinic

Olympic sprinter Jared Connaughton will be part of a clinic on P.E.I. next week.

He’s the attraction at a speed clinic at the Stratford indoor soccer complex.

The clinic is being hosted by Connaughton and and Spero Mantzavrakos, owner of Next Level Training and a former NHL strength and conditioning coach.

It’s a way, Connaughton said, to teach an athlete how to adapt techniques from one sport to another.

“Sprinters are really aware of movement,” he said. “If you can learn the finer elements of track, you can carry it over into your sport.”

The sessions will be held on Wednesday, Aug.11, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for 10 to 13 years olds, and 7:30 to 9 p.m. for 14 years old and up.

Cost is $40 (tax included).

Contact Mantzavrakos at 316-1888 to register. Space is limited.

Participants will receive a speed program and a dry-fit T-shirt.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Dalton is an Ultraman

Dalton is an Ultraman

ST. EDWARD – Until this year no Canadian from east of Ottawa had ever finished the Ultraman Canada triathlon.

Paul Dalton from St. Edward helped re-write the history pages, crossing the finish line in Penticton, B.C., with an overall time of 33 hours 17 minutes and 15 seconds.

Dalton finished 29th over all. Of the 39 athletes who started the three-day endurance event, 32 completed the course.

The event started Friday with a 10-kilometre swim followed by a 144.8-km bike race. On Saturday participants were tested on a 273.5-km bike race and they finished off Sunday with a double marathon run, 84.4 km.

Before leaving for B.C., Dalton said he found the swimming to be the most challenging of the three race disciplines. Swimmers needed to complete the course in under six hours or they would be pulled from the race. Dalton had hoped to cover the distance in four and a half hours. It took him just nine seconds longer than his target.

He had also said Day Two is considered the most demanding part of the race. He covered the 273.5 km in 11 hours, 13 minutes and 10 seconds. Dalton’s prerequisite that enabled him to qualify for his first-ever Ultraman were two Ironman races in Penticton. An Ironman goes non-stop and is roughly one-half the distance of an Ultraman.

This year’s field included nine Canadians, and two of them finished at the top of the pack.

Kevin Cutjar from Penticton was the first-place finisher in a time of 21 hours, 49.45, chopping an hour, 10 minutes and 50 seconds off the event. He finished an hour and seven minutes ahead of the second-place finisher who also eclipsed the old standard.

Tracey McQuar, 34, also from Penticton, was the first female to complete the course. Her time of 26:08.24 makes her the second fastest female in the 10-year history of the event.

Connaughton picked for Commonwealth Games

Connaughton picked for Commonwealth Games

P.E.I. sprinter Jared Connaughton will be competing in three events at the Commonwealth Games this fall in India.

Connaughton will run in the 100 and 200 metre events, as well as the 4 x 100 relay.

Last weekend, Connaughton won gold in the 200 metre sprint at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Toronto.

The Commonwealth Games begin Oct. 6.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Posted on July 27, 2010 at 04:03:39 PM by J.D. Forbes

Hello everyone!

Crewmembers from HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN will be coming to PEI again this year to participate in our annual charity event, the "RUN 4 WISHES." This is the 8th year that sailors from HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN will be running a relay across the Island to raise money for the PEI chapter of the Children's Wish Foundation.

We will be running on the following dates:

Tuesday, August 3rd- North Cape Lighthouse to Summerside

Wednesday, August 4th- East Point to Montague

Thursday, August 5th- Wood Island to West Royalty

Friday, August 6th- Georgetown to Stratford

Saturday, August 7th- Summerside to Charlottetown

As in past years, all members of the PEI RoadRunners are invited to come out and join the team during our runs. Thanks for all the support from the PEI Roadrunners over the years!


J.D. Forbes
Lieutenant (Navy)
Run 4 Wishes Coordinator

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2010-08-02 - Run 4 Wishes kicked off in Charlottetown

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Mayor Clifford Lee launched the eighth-annual Run 4 Wishes run in Charlottetown today.

Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee is asking Charlottetown residents to support the captain and crew of the HMCS Queen Charlotte as they launched their eighth-annual Run 4 Wishes fundraiser today. Over the next three days, 25 fit and determined men and women from our Navy will run the Island tip-to-tip. They hope, with the generosity of Islanders, to raise funds to help grant the wish of critically ill Island children. In 2009, HMCS Charlottetown was able to generate over $40,000 to grant the wishes of Island Children. For a schedule and to learn more check out the (<--that URL is no longer good) or call the Children's Wish Foundation - Prince Edward Island chapter at 566-5526 or 1-800-267-9474.

Annual HMCS Charlottetown run for Children's Wish launches today
HMCS Charlottetown run for wishes Guardian photo

HMCS Charlottetown run for wishes

Doug Gallant
Twenty-five men and women of HMCS Charlottetown will exchange their uniforms for running gear today as they begin their eighth annual run across P.E.I. to raise funds for the Children's Wish Foundation.

Details of the 2010 Run 4 Wishes were unveiled at a news conference in Charlottetown by Sub-Lt. J.D. Forbes.

Forbes told reporters the team hopes to raise in the vicinity of $40,000 for the foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.

Since the run's inception, members of the ship's run team have raised $170,000, he indicated.

Forbes said achieving the team's goal will only be possible with the support of the team's sponsors and the general public.

Those sponsors include Sobeys, which hosts a series of fundraising barbecues, and the Royal Canadian Legion, which raises funds in a number of ways under the direction of Tona Halliwell, special events chair for Legion Branch No. 1 in Charlottetown.

The run begins this morning in North Cape and will continue for 100 kilometres, stopping for the day in Summerside.

Leg 2 of the relay begins Wednesday in East Point and will take the team 69 kilometres to Montague.

Wood Islands will be the starting point for the third leg of the run on Thursday.

Team members will cover a distance of 68 kilometres before stopping for the day in West Royalty.

Runners will start the fourth leg of the run in Georgetown Friday morning and will cover 56 kilometres of highway before stopping in Stratford.

The final leg of the run will begin in Summerside Saturday morning and conclude in Charlottetown, some 76 kilometres away.

Each day the race will conclude at one of P.E.I.'s five Sobeys grocery stores.

Sobeys has been a sponsor of the run for a number of years and will host a barbecue each day of the five-day run.

Sobeys donates 100 per cent of the proceeds from the barbecues to the foundation.

Members of the run team have been training for the event since February, running for an hour a day three to four times a week.

A spokesman for the ship told reporters the Run 4 Wishes event is near and dear to the crew.

Speaking at Monday's news conference, Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee applauded the crew of the city's namesake ship for their ongoing support of the Children's Wish Foundation and for the work they do throughout the year at home in Canada and on deployment around the world.

Lee said the city was proud to be associated with the men and women who serve on the ship and described them as good ambassadors for Charlottetown.

Children's Wish Foundation spokeswoman Beth Gauthier said the foundation was honoured to be the charity of choice for HMCS Charlottetown.

She expressed the foundation's appreciation for the ship's continuing support, noting the money raised through the run has helped the foundation make the wishes of a number of Island children come true.

The foundations is currently working on eight wishes and within the last number of weeks has received three others.

Gauthier noted that in addition to the run, members of HMCS Charlottetown's crew have travelled to Charlottetown to assist the foundation on several other projects.

"We have a very special relationship with HMCS Charlottetown ... they are very open and caring for our kids," Gauthier said.

Islanders on the Run-Swim-Bike - Paul Dalton is an Ultraman!

Dalton Paul
- 52 - M
DAY 1: 4:30:09 (10Km Swim) 6:10:31 (144.8Km Bike) 10:40:40 (Total Day 1 )
DAY 2: 11:13:10 (273.5Km Bike) 21:53:50 (Total Day 2 )
17:23:41(Total Bike)
DAY 3: 11:23:25 (84.4Km Run)
33:17:15 Event Total
29 Place

Congrats Paul!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Islanders on the Run - The Canadian Death Race

Stratford Canada
47/418 Place
10/114 Gender 2/12 Age
Female 50-59

Charlottetown Canada
70/418 Place
7/36 Age
Male 50-59

Cornwall Canada
110/418 Place
23/114 Gender
8/36 Age
Female 40-49

Full Results

150 out of 418 who started the race finished it.

Congratulations Marian, Doug & Kim!!